Far from the frenzied crowds of Provence, there is another “south” in France. The Languedoc-Roussillon is a beautiful and unspoiled region that begins at the delta of the Rhône and runs south along the Mediterranean to the Spanish border; here you will find the enchanting market town of Uzès and the charming Écusson neighborhood of Montpellier. In addition, be sure not to miss the medieval hamlet of Saint-Guilhem-le-Désert and the Cathar stronghold of Minerve. Southeast of Toulouse, the walled city of Carcassonne is an awe-inspiring example of medieval fortification. And the best way to enjoy the popular Pont du Gard, the famous stone aqueduct that was built in the first century to supply the city of Nîmes, is to rise early and be there when the site opens.

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